Junior Striders to hold final event

LONACONING — The Junior Striders end-of-season race will be Tuesday at Dan’s Mountain State Park. Registration will open at 5:30 p.m. followed by a one-mile and two-mile timed race. The winning male and female athletes in four age categories will receive medals.

All attending children and adults will be treated to a pizza party and may also use the pool. This activity is intended for elementary, middle and high school students. For information, contact Doug Baker at 301-697-0996.

Russell Westbrook reportedly going to Rockets for Paul

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation says the Oklahoma City Thunder have traded Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul, a shake up of top point guards and a move that reunites Westbrook with James Harden.

The Thunder also are getting first-round picks in 2024 and 2026, plus the right to swap first-rounders in two other seasons, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the trade has not been announced.

ESPN first reported the agreement.

It is part of a massive shake up by Oklahoma City, which traded Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers and now sends Westbrook — its franchise player — to another West rival while adding to an enormous stockpiling of draft picks. The Thunder got five first-rounders in the trade with the Clippers for George.

Diaz shoots 62 to take John Deere Classic lead

SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — Roberto Diaz shot a 9-under 62 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the John Deere Classic.

Playing in the final group of the day off the first tee, the 32-year-old Mexican player birdied four of the first holes, eagled the par-5 10th and birdied three of the last five in the bogey-free round at TPC Deere Run. He took the lead with a 12-foot birdie putt on the par-3 16th.

Diaz is winless on the PGA Tour.

Adam Long and Russell Henley were two strokes back.

Martin Laird was another stroke back at 65 with Ryan Palmer, Andrew Landry, Vaughn Taylor, Zack Sucher and Ryan Blaum.

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